James Baldwin’s classic essay, “Stranger in the Village” is featured in this lesson. It goes well in a thematic unit about outsiders or diverse perspectives or by itself.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of the stranger in the village. Also included is a TED Talk on “Why You Should Talk to Strangers.” The students will also view selected clips on Baldwin, Muslim Americans as “the strangers,” and a piece on Mingering Mike, the musical outsider.
The lesson features a prompt analyzing the argument in James Baldwin’s essay. Students will craft a thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, race relations, the outsider, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom